An Iowa study was done on feedlot cattle with access to water with high sulfur content, which is considered an antagonist that can affect bioavailability of nutrients.
Supplementation of a package of chelated trace minerals including copper, mangangese or zinc reduced morbidity and mortality, reduced undesirable fat percentages, improved ability of animals to respond to medication and improved carcass quality. (Vazquez-Anon et al. Professional Animal Scientist 2007)
Overall mortality was cut in half, case fatality rate was reduced by two-thirds and necessary animal health treatments were reduced by 20 percent.
Delivering more bioavailable trace minerals is an economical nutrition solution that allows producers to reduce overall trace mineral inclusions while at the same time maintaining performance.
- Organic, chelated trace minerals are a highly bioavailable source and are delivered more efficiently into the intestinal absorption sites than traditional, inorganic mineral salts.
- Chelated trace minerals are chemically bound to a compound called a ligand that helps improve the bioavailability of the mineral. This type of bonding creates a stable complex in the upper gastrointestinal tract.
- This stability protects the mineral and can reduce losses due to antagonisms, allowing efficient utilization by the animal.
- MINTREX is a highly bioavailable line of chelated trace minerals including zinc, manganese and copper.
- The MINTREX line uses HMTBa, a methionine hydroxy analogue, as the organic ligand. It remains attached to the mineral in the rumen and at low pH, protecting it from antagonists and allowing it to be properly absorbed.